Category Archive: writing

Why all the photos? Where’s WNW?

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I’ve been hard at work on this piece of fiction writing for my classroom demonstrations during Writing Workshop. Hence, other than the writing I’ve been doing online (which is quite a bit), I… Continue reading

WN Entry: In less than six months…

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This week has been filled with wonderful blog-related things. First, we became b-listers. Next, one of my favorite authors, Jacqueline Woodson, happened upon our blog and posted a comment. And then this morning… Continue reading

Self-Assessing Their Notebooks

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Inspired by Davis and Hill‘s Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last year. One of… Continue reading

News & Announcements Charts

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I’m a big proponent of Responsive Classroom, which places as much value on the social curriculum as the academic curriculum. (I attending a Responsive Classroom Institute during the Summer of 2006. It was… Continue reading

WN Entry: Snow Day

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Lester L. Laminack wrote a book about it. I had 14 of them my junior year alone. The Governor went on TV last night asking all schools north of Kent County to close…… Continue reading

Writerly Matters

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Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the ‘basics’ I’ve sometimes… Continue reading

keeping interest.

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My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf.  It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the importance of story… Continue reading

Practice What You Preach

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My husband (that feels cool to write) took this photo of me on our honeymoon. He captured me writing an entry, on the beach, in my writer’s notebook. I think this picture is… Continue reading

Last Post of the Year

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This is going to be my last post for 2007. Tomorrow starts a new year, brimming with possibilities and promise. 2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and personally. Though it… Continue reading

Family Trees Provide Us With A Way To Write About Our Family

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Some kids have a really easy time writing about their families, but I’ve also seen many kids struggle with the idea of writing about their family. Hence, as I was playing around on… Continue reading

TeachersCount

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I receive the “TeachersCount” Newsletter each month. I just learned about their blog, which is looking for newer teachers to write one post/week. Since this is a blog about writing and teaching, I… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart

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On November 14th I received funding, through DonorsChoose, for the “Writing Gift Center” I blogged about in October. I was delighted that someone who didn’t know me or my students was inspired by… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think… Continue reading

writer’s block.

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Or is it blogger’s block?  I don’t know what to post . . . and this is quite uncharacteristic for me, which means it is also quite frustrating.  Since the title of the… Continue reading

A Charge for WNW: Who Has Changed Your Life?

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I was perusing Educating Alice this morning and came across a post about two people who’ve changed her life. I thought that could be an interesting charge, and a lovely way to pay… Continue reading

Word Boxes

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Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept at home (though… Continue reading

Reacting to the World

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One of my students e-mailed me a few hours ago asking me if I read a piece of her writing that she gave to me (to read) on Thursday. I read it and… Continue reading

Putting it out there

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I just sent ten of my former students, who’ve expressed an interest in doing independent writing projects going-forward, an iomoi invitation to consider joining me to work on a manuscript for a sequel… Continue reading

DonorsChoose Challenge

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I started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org yesterday in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. Would you believe that someone already donated $100 towards one of the… Continue reading

Blogger Challenge

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I’ve started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. As you know, our motto is “Write: It’s Good For You!” Therefore, we… Continue reading